A Sourcebook of Dental Medicine

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Source books are adjunct to teaching of general history, consisting of an anthology of oringinal contributions to a special field by various authors whose work is deemed by the editors to be of seminal importance. Numerous sourcebooks have been published of general medicine and of many medical specialties, but none had yet appeared on dentistry.

A Sourcebook of Dental Medicine is not only an important source of original information for the dentist and the physician interested in historical aspects of their professions, but also for the scholar and the historian who wishes to explore the common background and subsequent development of medicine and dentistry.

This book encompasses in its 860 pages, the "Knowledge of Dental Medicine in Primitive Times and Early Ages of Civilization" (seven chapters), "The Classical and Middle Ages(Ancient and Medieval Times)" (four chapters), "The Renaissance and its Influence" (seven chapters) and "The Modern Era" (four chapters). Each chapter starts with an introductory description of the era followed by a brief biographical note of the author in question and a transcription of his/her major contribution to the field of dental medicine. Many of these important contributions had never been translated into English before the publication of this book. Thus texts that oringinally appeared in Arabic,Greek,German,French,Latin, and other languages can now be read in English.

The book includes 140 articles, either in their entirety or their most relevant parts, and covering many authors, from the Ebers papyrus,Hippocrates and Celsus,to the Arabs,from Vesalius and Eustachius to van Leeuwenhoek,Fauchard and John Hunter, from Rudolf Virchow to W.D. Miller and N.N. Znamensky. The accomplishments of the 20th century are also covered, including the most relevant basic and clinical advance. The section devoted to Forensic Dentistry includes the autopsy report of Adolf Hitler from the Soviet archives and Reidar Sognnaes' identification by the dental features.

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" The volume is truly impressive in its historical scope...The dimensions of oral medicine covered are extensive." -- ISIS, September 2003

" a monumental and much-needed work ..providing the English-speaking world with new tools for a better understanding of dentistry." -- Bullentin of the History of Medicine, Winter 2003

".. authors present for the first time English translations of important documents originally written in several langues: Sanakrit,Greek,German,French,Latin and Arabic." --Harvard Focus, September 2002

"...a book that is not only an important source of original information for the dentist and the physician interested in historical aspects of their professions, but also for the scholar and the historian who wishes to explore the common background and subsequent development of medicine and dentistry --Fermin Carranza, Dr. Odont,F.A.C.D., Journal of ther History of Dentistry March 2003

"The volume is truly impressive in ita historical scope...The book raises questions about the relationship between explanations for disease and the treatments prescribed....Moreover, the assembled pieces, many of which are taken from medical texts,would allow an interesting exploration of the historical relationship between medicine and dental knowledge and practice. The book also raises questions about the extent to which the knowledge of oral medicine held by a few was accessible to the many. --Tracey L. Adams, ISIS, September 2003

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